A new white paper from the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) outlines practical steps for federal officials to address the deadly opioid crisis.
In late July, the US President Donald Trump’s commission released an interim report and included a recommendation to “rapidly increase treatment capacity.”
NAPHS’ white paper—Blueprint for Recovery: Increasing Access to Inpatient and Residential Behavioral Health—builds on that recommendation and outlines practical actions that the commission and the Trump administration can take to implement it.
The white paper recommends the following five efficient and effective policy changes that can help provide life-saving care:
- Expedite the approval of 1115 waiver for behavioral health;
- Expand the existing 1115 waiver for substance use disorders to individuals with co-occurring mental illness;
- Complete the 1115 waiver for mental health that the 21st Century Cures Act outlines;
- Change the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) length of stay in the managed care rule to 25 days from 15;
- Move the IMD length of stay in the managed care rule to a facility-wide average length-of-stay cap from a per-beneficiary cap.
“Our member hospitals and addiction treatment centers have dedicated teams who work tirelessly every day to help people who are battling an opioid addiction,” NAPHS President and CEO Mark Covall said in a statement.
“We are working to ensure they have all of the tools and resources they need to provide life-saving services, and will continue our fight for Congress to repeal the IMD exclusion that blocks access to care for the people who need it most,” Covall concluded.